How To Get The Best Out Of Volunteering Abroad In Lima, Peru

MEDLIFE is a non-profit organization that aims to provide healthcare, education, and community development services to low-income families in low-income communities in Latin America. One way to support our mission is by participating in a Service Learning Trip to Lima, Peru. Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip in Lima:

1. Prepare adequately before the trip:

Before traveling to Lima, make sure you research the area and familiarize yourself with the culture and customs. You can also learn some basic Spanish phrases to help you communicate with the locals.

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2. Bring appropriate clothing and gear:

Lima is known for having very hot weather and bouts of rain depending on the time of year, so you should bring lightweight, breathable clothing, comfortable shoes for walking, and rain gear. You should also bring a water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.

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3. Be open-minded and flexible:

Service Learning Trips are often unpredictable, and you may encounter challenges or unexpected situations. It’s essential to be open-minded and flexible and to approach every situation with a positive attitude.

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4. Embrace the culture:

Participating in a Service Learning Trip is an opportunity to learn about different cultures and ways of life. Take the time to explore the local area, try new foods, and interact with the people. Respect their customs and traditions and be mindful of your behavior.

5. Make connections:

Service Learning Trips are a chance to connect with people from different backgrounds and build relationships. Take the time to get to know your fellow volunteers, the MEDLIFE staff, and the people you are serving.

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6. Participate in all activities:

The Service Learning Trip itinerary will include a variety of activities, including volunteering, educational sessions, and cultural experiences. Make the most of your trip by participating in all activities and engaging in discussions and learning opportunities.

7. Reflect on your experience:

Take the time to reflect on your experience after the trip. Think about how it has impacted you and how you can use what you have learned to make a positive change in your community.

Participating in a Service Learning Trip to Lima with MEDLIFE is a rewarding and life-changing experience. By preparing adequately, being open-minded and flexible, embracing the culture, making connections, participating in all activities, and reflecting on your experience, you can get the most out of your trip and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

If you are interested in joining a Service Learning Trip in Lima, Peru, visit our website to learn more.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.